UAE center unveils Falcon LLM, ‘better, faster’ ChatGPT rival


DUBAI – The Abu Dhabi Institute of Technology Innovation (TII) this week launched a challenge to the artificial intelligence (AI) generation platform that powers the likes of ChatGPT3, claiming that its basic language model (LLM), named Falcon LLM, performs better.

Falcon LLM, like Open AI’s popular ChatGPT3, learns language by training large amounts of digital text data to generate advanced conversational capabilities that allow for human-like exchanges and can interpret nuance to the level of speech writing and poetry, responding questions, and giving advice. .

To do that, Falcon LLM said it uses 40 billion parameters, or parts of the model learned from historical training data, compared to 175 billion ChatGPT3, to teach its deep learning tool Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3 ( GPT-3), it does. claims can outperform the language processing power of existing models.

Falcon LLM claims to use only 75 percent of GPT-3’s training computation time, and 40 and 80 percent of DeepMind’s Chinchilla NLP and Google’s PaLM-62B computation times, respectively.

Falcon LLM was built by the Science and Digital Science Research Center’s (AIDRC) AI Cross-Centre Unit, and before that Noor created the world’s largest Arabic language mode – perhaps hinting that its digital conversation model could do better in Arabic language.

Ebtesam Almazroui, AIDRC director and Falcon LLM project leader, said that in addition to beating other models’ calculation times, the new product has lower training costs.

“We are pleased to announce the groundbreaking achievement of our Falcon LLM 40B model that significantly outperforms models such as BLOOM and GPT-3, even by a fraction of the size,” he said in the press release.

Ray O. Johnson, CEO of TII, said that more Falcon LLM developments will be announced in 2023. He said that this technology will bring its own AI success stories to the region in line with the UAE’s national AI strategy 2031 to improve the country’s education, government and government development. energy sectors.

AI, being applied in almost every industry, is set to make up nearly 14 percent of national GDP by 2030 according to PricewaterhouseCoopers.

TII said its model will enable on-premises solutions for companies and governments to maintain data privacy, and advance the UAE government’s AI capabilities.

In early February, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced that it will use ChatGPT to improve its customer and employee services, claiming to be the first UAE government entity and the first utility company in the world to do that.

Mohammed AlKaff AlHashmi, co-founder and chief business officer of the UAE digital financial services non-profit Haqq Society, told Al-Monitor last month, “It is very important for companies like DEWA to get real-time data of their users to build a forecast . analysis.” AI programs, he said, can help companies accurately predict how consumers will behave in the future.

But Kurt Muehmel, a strategic consultant at Daily AI company Dataiku, said it is unlikely and premature to use the AI ​​tool for any critical function.

“I would ask them to proceed with caution,” he said, because although the current technologies are very good at producing text, it is not possible to guarantee their authenticity, he told Al-Monitor in February.

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